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Friday Fitness: Faith, Hope and Love…5k

exercise-womanIt’s been a pretty good week for exercise… not completely stellar, but not couch potato either.

I picked a book up at the Library by Jeff Galloway called “Walking: The Complete Book”. And as I was reading, I realized that I only have 19 weeks before the Half Marathon!  And 2 of those weeks will be spent with the in-laws so I can’t count on getting regular exercise in.  Yikes! Time to start upping my mileage NOW.

Unfortunately, my life is not as neat as a training schedule.  Doing long walks on week-ends does not work because I work on week-ends.  So this week I aimed to do my 6 mile walk on Thursday, but after 3 miles I REALLY had to pee, so I went back home… and before  could sneak out the door again, it was breakfast time then I got caught up looking for housing in Hawaii… and the next thing I knew it was time to get moving for my noon appointment….

Long walk.  Next week. Sigh.

But tomorrow I am doing the Faith, Hope and Love 5k in El Cajon to help raise funds for JuJu’s Children Manor in Haiti. This organization sponsors is building a children’s home and sponsors children to attend school.


It promises to be different from any other race I’ve ever done.

Most races start at 7am. You arrive, get your bib, walk your fastest and then collect your t-shirt/medal at the end.

This race is all about teamwork — and if you didn’t register as a team, you can join one on race day.  And it’s not just a race… it’s a scavenger hunt!  Teams are given a list of clues and must follow the course and find the answers (and snap photos). Public transportation may be required to find an answer… winners are determined by both finish time and number of correct answers.

Things I would bring to an ordinary race: fanny pack, driver’s license, glasses, hat.

Things I need for the Faith, Hope and Love 5k: Backpack, jacket, map of El Cajon, pen, highlighter, water, snack, cell phone charger, cash (in case I need to take public transporation or buy an item to fulfill a clue). AND it’s OK to have a research associate on the home computer, ready to help out via phone, text or email…

I asked the organizer, Marie Champagne, how she came up with the idea for run and scavenger hunt.

She replied:” I got the idea of this run from So Glow, a similar 5k type of an event I participated in in September this year. I was surprised at how fun it was and how my fitness had improved.” Marie has raised money for Juju’s Manor by selling her quilted creations for several years.  This year she wanted to increase her efforts while raising awareness that much work remains to be done in Haiti to recover from the devastating earthquake of 2010. And the perfect way to do that was to marry her love of running (she started running about 2 years ago with a personal trainer at 180 Fitness) with a fundraiser in the form of a 5k.

Another motive for organizing a race was to bring people  to her hometown of El Cajon, CA, located in East County.  “I have lived in El Cajon since I was a teenager and am impressed with the new shops, culture, hometown-feel it has.” Exploring the town to find clues is a core component of the race. Marie did a test run of the event course “with the clues myself and had so much fun.”

Marie hopes this event will allow people to have fun while learning, running/walking, and fundraising for a great cause.  I think it definitely will be a fun race and I can’t wait!

Have you ever done a scavenger hunt race?

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